Hairdressing NC @ SCQF Level 6

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This course will build on your existing basic hairdressing skills and help you develop more creative techniques suited to the current industry. All technical units on this course not only allow you to hone your existing skills, but you will also develop creativity and advanced techniques.

Lecturers teaching on your course are equipped with vast experience and expertise in hairdressing and learning and teaching methods. Lecturers continually upskill in professional development.

Your course will be interactive using a variety of methods to ensure your learning and progression needs are met. Units are lecturer led, however, we fully encourage you to take ownership of your own learning.

The department has strong links with industry, work experience is an essential part of the course, and as such, you will be required to secure a work placement in a hairdressing salon one day a week for the full duration of your course.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Level 6 National Certificate Group Award in Hairdressing.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Full Time Attendance 2 or 3 days per week. 1 year (36 weeks), Please note this may be subject to change. Additional hours for work experience attendance in the evening may be required.

Entry Requirements

NQ/NC qualification at SCQF level 5 or SVQ level 2 in Ladies Hairdressing; OR

other equivalent qualifications or experience.
You must be 16 years of age by August 2024 to undertake this course.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session.

Learners will be required to attend a face-to-face interview or an interview on teams’ video to further discuss your application. You’ll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

What you will learn

You will develop advanced skills

Hair Colouring and Lightening

Colour Correction

Combination Cutting

Creative Cutting and Styling

Style Dress and Finish Hair

Styling for a Total Look

Long Hair

Commercial Experience

Current Make-up Trends

(This may be subject to change)

Work experience is an essential part of the course, so you’ll be required to be in work placement in a hairdressing salon one day a week for the full duration of your course.


The course is a blend of both theory and practical subjects. Committed to helping you achieve your full potential; the teaching team employ a wide range of blended teaching methods to ensure that you are engaged at all levels of study and are supported in every aspect of your educational experience.

Assessments are ongoing and cover both theory and practical elements of the course. The course includes a variety of assessment methods including practical, closed book and portfolio building.

This is a full-time course with additional home study.


The National Certificate in Hairdressing at level 6 has been designed to progress to:

  • HNC in Hairdressing (SCQF Level 7)
  • HNC Fashion Make-up (SCQF Level 7)
  • HND Make-up Artistry TV, Film and Theatre (SCQF Level 8)
  • HND Beauty Therapy (SCQF Level 8)

Career Prospects

This course will prepare you to work in the hairdressing industry as a senior trainee.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

This course gives opportunities to expand skills and knowledge within related and optional topics within your disciplines. The course will give you structure and flexibility. It is structured to enable you to develop generic transferrable skills and recognises existing skills and competency allowing you to take charge of your own learning and development to allow progression and achievement.

The department has strong links with industry, and you will be encouraged to take up salon work during your course to gain industry insight and knowledge.

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